Sunday

BMW Bash and The Hub



How can you pass up a place that calls itself The Hub and advertises “Live to Ride, Ride to Eat” on its billboard? Well, you shouldn’t is the answer. The first annual BMW Bash was held at The Hub in Marble Falls, Arkansas. A group of BMW motorcycle dealerships from around the central states decided to throw a July 4th bash to celebrate riding, eating, riding some more and then more eating. Worked for me.

The Hub advertises itself as a Mid America Motorcycle Resort, but it looks like a giant Hershey Kiss. That would be the Hub. It is actually a convention center capable of accommodating about 1500 people. Inside the convention center you will find a game room, snack bar, stage and Scooters restaurant. Scooters provides steaks, burgers, Prime rib on weekends and breakfast buffet.

The Hub Hotel, which has 45 rooms and tent camping, is right next door. Parking right outside your hotel room door was no problem. Unless you were in a room on the second floor. I guess you could sleep on your balcony. I didn’t see anyone doing it, but if you really needed to keep your pony in your sight at all times, The Hub could take care of you.

The Bash started Friday, July 3rd with a geocaching game. Players were given a list of twelve places where “caches” or boxes were hidden. They had to follow clues and GPS directions on a scavenger hunt within 20 miles of some pretty fantastic roads and scenery. Once they found the hidden treasure, they collected a wooden nickel. The contest continued through Saturday. Prizes for the most nickels were awarded at a Bar-B-Que on Saturday night. I’d never heard of the game before, so I was pretty amazed that there are 851, 002 active geocaches going on around the planet. Check out their website at www.geocaching.com for details.

I haven’t seen so many BMW motorcycles together since our 4810 when we ran into a group of riders in a park in Oregon. I’ve never seen a motorcycle pull a car either, but I did at The Hub. No kidding. One gentleman was pulling a motorcycle trailer that looked like a miniature car. There were sidecars, trikes, sport touring bikes and off road bikes. One cool thing about The Hub is that all bikes and bikers are welcome.

You will find the giant kiss off Highway 7 in North Arkansas right in the middle of the Ozark National Forest. Coming from the north look for the turn off to Mystic Caverns on the right and take the very next left. Coming from the south on 7 look for the sign, “Live to Ride, Ride to Eat.” Or go to their website, www.hubinfo.com, for the GPS coordinates.

See you on the road,
Donna

2 comments:

  1. the hub sounds like a pretty happening place, we might go check it out sometime. Love you guys and you'll have to let me know if you've heard anything on the novel. ttfn

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  2. Thank you for allowing us to share your experiences. The state of Ark should be paying you all for the free publicity that you are giving them......as I am sure that I am not the only person who will be checking these spots out. And to think - in our own back yard. See YOU on the road. I feel the wind in my hair already.

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